Workout Recap - Week of May 3, 2020

May 10, 2020

Since the pandemic response has eliminated most of my commuting, I've been using my extra time to take some online courses (as touched on in last week's recap).  There's a lot of legitimate concern about the mental health effects of having people minimize their in-person social contact with each other, and seeing as the spikes in infection cases that happened almost as soon as South Korea and Germany relaxed their controls implies that the pandemic will be around for a while yet, one of the courses I've been taking is about mental health and well-being.


It's been one of those experiences where it feels silly and weird, but going along with it seems to have given me a boost in feeling more upbeat and relaxed.  I'd suggest looking around to see if you can sign up for something like that and approaching it with an open mind.



Type: Pass/Fail


One-arm Pull Up Negatives - 1 set of 5, each side (pass)

Fingertip Diamond Push Ups - 1 set of 12 (pass)

3-limb Bridges - 1 set of 3, each combination (pass)


Bonus: 5 handstand push ups


A minor step forward, but small progress is still progress.  I also feel like I'm getting better with the one-arm pull up negatives, though I still can't hold at any fixed point for an appreciable amount of time.




Type: As Fast As Possible


7 sets of:

7 Burpees

7 Bridges


Time = 8:00


Bonus: 1 burpee, 1 bridge, 5 handstand push ups


Making up for having skipped doing a challenge the last couple of weeks.  It was even an improvement over my completion time on my last go at this workout.  All in all, good stuff.




Type: Pass/Fail


3-limb Bridges - 3 sets of 2, each combination (pass)

Uneven Handstand Push Ups - 3 sets of 4, each side (pass)


Bonus: 30 breath isometric dead hang


Since I was feeling good about where my L-hangs were last week, I dropped them from the routine to emphasize the other movements.  Doing 3-limb bridges with my right arm raised is still awkward at the start of the movement, but I do like how they're coming along as a whole.




Type: As Fast As Possible


5 sets of:

5 Pull Ups

10 Side Lunges (each side)

5 Handstand Push Ups

20 Mountain Climbers (each side)


Time = 7:15


Bonus: 40 breath isometric forearm plank


I'm surprised about how quickly I was able to get through this workout.  I'd expected it to tax my endurance more, but I was able to fly through it with pretty minimal resting.  Given the importance of having a strong cardiovascular system these days, I was very happy with this result.




Type: As Fast As Possible


100 Burpees


Time = 10:15


Bonus: 15 breath isometric bridge


Back on the hundred burpee train, and with time that was just 2.5% off from my personal record, to boot!  I was even on pace to at least tie my record all the way up until around rep 80.  Grinding closer to a new level of fitness!



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